The Trussel Trust is calling on the Welsh Government to help it increase the number of food banks it operates across Wales. A Welsh Government spokesperson said they are considering the role that food banks play.
Food comes from donations from churches, campaigns and members of the public. You can only use a food bank if you have been referred by an agency such as a health visitor, doctor, job centre, or social services.
– Department of Work and Pensions spokesperson
The Government already provides a safety net for essentials like food and housing through the benefits system and we can provide emergency financial help through crisis loans.
Where appropriate Jobcentre Plus - for the first time - is now also referring people to food banks after they asked us to do so. We recognise the important role voluntary organisations play in helping people in their local communities.